DIY Tile Coasters

The other day I needed a gift to give to someone special and it couldn’t be something ordinary or run of the mill. I wanted something that was personal, something that would hold meaning for them.

I hopped onto one of my favorite places to gather ideas — Pinterest!

It didn’t take long to find instructions for making personalized coasters. Yay! The project was perfect because:

  1. It was easy
  2. It didn’t require many steps or supplies
  3. It could be made quickly because I needed the gift the next day

I made a hasty trip to town and found everything I needed to make these fun coasters. If you can hold a paintbrush, you can do this!


4×4 inch tiles (I found white tiles for less than 20 cents each at the hardware store)

Printed image  or patterned scrapbook paper

Modge Podge Hard Coat

Foam paintbrush


Backing for tile



Step 1: I wanted the tiles to have a finished back, so I glued on a water-resistant, gripper shelf liner. There is enough on the roll to do a few dozen coasters! To cut the backing to fit, I placed a tile on the shelf liner, traced it with a pen, then cut it out with scissors.


Step 2: Glue backing onto tile. I used Gorilla glue, but any kind of multi-purpose glue will do.

Step 3: Once backing is affixed and glue has time to dry, coat the front surface of the tile with a layer of Modge Podge. Immediately place your paper (cut to fit) on top of the tile. Let rest for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4: Brush a coat of Modge Podge over the top of the image. (For best results, only brush in one direction to keep the surface smooth.) Let dry for 15-20 minutes, then repeat brushing on Modge Podge and drying time. You want about five layers of coating on the tile to give it a nice, hard finish.

Step 5: Allow to dry completely overnight, then the coasters are ready to use!


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